The TWITTER Olympics: CNN

The title of a CNN article released on August 1, 2012 is “Welcome to the TWITTER Olympics” (Web-site/URL: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/tech/social-media/welcome-twitter-olympics/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_world+%28RSS%3A+World%29&utm_content=Google+Reader). WEIRD.

IT ALL STARTED OUT QUITE INNOCENTLY, with jokes about the Queen’s perma-frown and GIF collections of weird, what-the-Dickens moments from the opening ceremony”.

“A spectator told a British diver that his fourth-place finish “let your dad down“. This is where THE CONTROVERSY erupted.

“As Brian Mossop wrote on Monday (July 30, 2012) for Wired, Twitter has also helped fuel DICTATOR-TOPPLING PROTEST MOVEMENTS“, with MIXED results at best. “It’s almost as if the IOC is COMPLETELY UNAWARE of the role (that) Twitter and Facebook played in the Arab Spring or the frequency with which people use it to communicate in real time”IF this is indeed the casethen the IOC is REALLY NAIVE/IGNORANT/UNINFORMED.

“in a blog post on its UK site”, Twitter wrote: “There were MORE tweets in A SINGLE day last week than during THE ENTIRE 2008 Beijing Games” obviously because Twitter has been blocked in China since June, 2009 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China). “We’ve already seen 10 million mentions of the term Olympics during the Games as fans use Twitter TO GET TO THE HEART OF THE ACTION“. This is normal/EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). People go on Twitter to EXPRESS THEIR EMOTIONS and now increasingly to VENT.

According to Jason Damata, “(a) spokesman for Trendrr, a social media tracker”, “Over the years, Twitter, which did not respond to a request for comment on this story, has become the Olympics’ “COCKTAIL hour“, where BOTH athletes and COUCH DWELLERS (?) CHATTER about the games…” NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. MANY PEOPLE become “couch dwellers” during the Olympics.”In 2010, he said, more than 307,000 tweets contained the term “Olympics” on the first weekend of the Winter Games in Vancouver (February 13-14, 2010). This year (2012), that number JUMPED TENfold, to more than 3.5 million tweets on the opening weekend of the Games in London (July 27-28, 2012)”. People are REALLY exercising their FREEDOM OF SPEECH/EXPRESSION during these Olympics. “Two or FOUR years ago, it WASN’T as common“, obviously because TWITTER HAD JUST BEEN BANNED shortly after the Beijing Olympics, more specifically in JUNE, 2009  (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China). FOUR years ago, especially, it was really just people in their houses saying ‘Oh my gosh, did you see that DIVE‘”, one of the few sports where China has an obvious/distinct advantage. “It was people talking to THEIR SOCIAL CIRCLES, which are naturally small because many Chinese, even adults, DON’T talk to people whom they don’t know. “As Twitter as a PLATFORM has evolved and BEHAVIOR HAS EVOLVED, it is happening on BOTH ends. Now there are WAY more athletes who are on. And there are WAY more people who are sharing their VIEWING HABITS on Twitter especially“.

A Swiss athlete was EXPELLED from the Games  after he called South Korean athletes “mongoloids” according to The Daily Mail; and a Greek triple jumper was BANNED for writing on Twitter that “With SO MANY Africans in Greece, THE MOSQUITOES from the West Nile will at least be EATING SOME HOMEMADE FOOD“. These two athletes are clearly RACIST and A DISGRACE. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THAT KIND OF HATE LANGUAGEespecially now, in the 21st century. 

More benign, but still UNEXPECTED, was Hope Solo, an American soccer star, who used her Twitter feed to BLAST player-turned-analyst Brandi Chastain, telling NBC to employ a soccer commentator who “knows more about the game“, making this the latest case of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, “blast” is the latest expression of ANGER/DISGUST. “And several prominent Olympians have taken to Twitter in protest of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rule 40. That rule bans the athletes from using their social media accounts to promote companies other than the official Olympic sponsors”, which, of course, infringes on the athletes’ FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

“several of the athletes posted” “I am honored to be an Olympian, but #WEDEMANDCHANGE2012 #Rule40 @NBCOlympics“. How many is “several?” and “We Demand Change” seems to have caught on as the new universal rallying cry now.

That kind of POLITICAL dissent is NEW, said Mark McClusky, a senior projects editor at Wired who is covering the Games”. Speaking by phone from LondonMcClusky said: “Athletes are TAKING TO Twitter to VOICE FRUSTRATIONS with the way that the sports system is currently constructed and oriented“. DO WE NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO BE “frustrated” about? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “That’s something we really HAVEN’T seen before — or not in such a COORDINATED way, having a couple dozen REALLY PROMINENT Olympians starting to REALLY talk about those issues. Beyond that, I think it’s just SO MUCH MORE part of how these athletes interact with the world than ever before, certainly. We saw some (?) people tweeting at Beijing and A FEW (?) more at Vancouverand now, IT’S JUST PART OF THE OXYGEN. How many is “a few?” In other words, this is EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“British police reportedly arrested  a 17-year-old “on SUSPICION of malicious communications” after he sent a Twitter message to UK diver Tom Daley telling the diver he had disappointed his recently deceased father by placing fourth in Monday’s (July 30, 2012)  synchronized diving competition on the 10-meter platform”. IT’S ALWAYS DICEY when we act purely “on suspicion”HoweverIF this is indeed truethis is a THREAT which should be dealt with seriouslybut this is the latest IF.

“The Twittersphere ERUPTED Monday (July 30, 2012)  and Tuesday (July 31, 2012) after Twitter TEMPORARILY suspended the account of Guy Adams, a journalist who had been one of the harshest critics of NBC‘s decision to televise the Olympics on a delay in the United States. NBC COMPLAINED to Twitter after Adams posted the e-mail address of one of its executives, asking people to air grievances with him. Twitter then suspended the account, saying that posting another person’s PRIVATE info is a violation of its terms“. Once again, we’re dealing with an issue of PRESS FREEDOM, which, again, IS ALWAYS DICEY and we also have another controversy “erupting” and an organization “complaining”. On top of all thisonce againwe see how problematic it is when people’s PRIVATE information is revealed/exposed/leaked.

“But some media analysts CRIED FOUL, saying Adams effectively was censored BECAUSE OF HIS VIEWS“.

“Dan Gilmor wrote in The Guardian“, “What makes this a serious issue is that Twitter HAS PARTNERED WITH NBC during the OlympicsAnd it was NBC’s COMPLAINT about Adams that led to the suspension. That alone raises REASONABLE (?) suspicions about Twitter’s
motives“. ARE THESE “suspicions reasonable?” Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, “Twitter has partnered with NBC” could be problematic because we might have another case of COLLUSION.

“Adams’ account was reinstated on Tuesday (July 31, 2012)”.

NOT ALL the Twitter Olympic chatter is negative, of course. As Twitter noted on its UK blog, the phrase “good luck” has been used more than 1.2 million times on the network since the Olympics began. And, according to Trendrr, the #NBCFail hashtag, which is the digital warehouse for complaints about the network’s coverage in the United States, got LESS traffic over the weekend (July 28-29, 2012) than Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson did during his three minutes onstage during Friday’s (July 27, 2012) opening ceremony”.

“Even the man credited with creating the #NBCFail meme said he thinks THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE OUT OF HAND“. REALLY?

In SOME ways, it’s showing some of THE WORST sides of what this instant media can do,” said Steven MARX (what an interesting name), a 48-year-old who had only 17 Twitter followers before the hashtag (#NBCFail) spread”. “It’s sort of that MOB mentality that Twitter ENCOURAGESI think (that) IN THIS SENSE, it’s showing THE BAD. But in it showed THE GOOD that Twitter can do for ORGANIZING. Even though it’s made me slightly famous, I’M NOT NECESSARILY THRILLED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENED. I’m not terribly impressed with NBC, but that’s not new this year (2012)”So which network does Marx prefer?

Others are merely FINDING FUN in the sport of BEING GROUCHY.

I’M GLAD for Twitter so (that) I can get REAL TIME results, one Twitter user wrote in response to a CNN question about the topic. “A LOT OF THE COMPLAINING HAS BEEN REALLY FUNNY, so I’ve been ENJOYING it“. Again, this sounds like gsquare86. “A lot of the complaining has been really FUNNY?” Hm.

This was actually ghost-written by gsquare86, the queen of Twitter with 42476 tweets and counting.

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